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Summary

  1. NRL sides win World Club Series 3-0
  2. Cowboys win World Club Challenge for first time
  3. Leeds try: Burrow
  4. Cowboys tries: Morgan, Linnett, Feldt, Coote, Thurston, O'Neill 2
  5. Leeds forward Mitch Garbutt sent off

Live Reporting

By Matt Newsum

All times stated are UK

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NRL proves its world-class

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North Queensland Cowboys
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So the NRL runs out 3-0 winners, with Leeds, Wigan and St Helens all conceding 30-plus points to North Queensland, Brisbane and Sydney Roosters.

However, there's still plenty of rugby league to be played in the northern hemisphere with Super League back on Thursday night. There's much to be proud of and to enjoy about our game.

There's always next year, eh?

For now though, thanks for joining us throughout the World Club Series. Goodbye and good night.

What next for the Rhinos?

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Brian McDermott's side will dust themselves down and head for Perpignan next Saturday for a trip to Catalans.

They won there last season in the regular season, one of only two teams to do so.

They'll probably do it without prop Mitch Garbutt, whose punch to the face of James Tamou saw him sent off.

The disciplinary hearing will decide his fate next week.

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So defeat for Leeds Rhinos, soured further by Mitch Garbutt's dismissal for striking James Tamou.

For North Queensland the smiles are evidence of what this World Club Challenge means to them. They're WORLD CHAMPS. Less than a year after their maiden NRL premiership.

Want more detail? Here's Phil Cartwright's considered report.

Johnathan Thurston
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The champagne spills, the fireworks whizz and the cheers go up. North Queensland co-captains Matt Scott and Johnathan Thurston lift the World Club Challenge shield to the tune of the club song.

Four years in a row now for the NRL teams in this competition. Smiles all round the NRL premiers.

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And now it's the turn of the North Queensland Cowboys, who are full of smiles and back-slaps.

Job done for the boys from Townsville and a chance for a last celebration before their NRL season begins...

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The beaten Leeds side goes up to receive their runners-up prizes, a few glum faces wondering what might have been.

Plenty of promise though. The season is just beginning...

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The Graham Murray Medal is awarded to Johnathan Thurston. Poignant moment, marking the significance of a man who coached both teams.

Round of applause for Thurston who is a huge favourite. He reciprocates with a bow.

Leeds captain Rob Burrow told Sky Sports

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"Our goal was to come out and match them in the first 40, we went in with energy but couldn't execute in second half.

"When they're on a roll it's hard to stop them.

[On the Garbutt punch] "That happens when big guys go against each other with force, but we've just got to get on with it."  

Cowboys co-skipper Johnathan Thurston told Sky Sports

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"It was good we got a few tries so I could hand the kicking tees out to the crowd.

"The first 40 was tit for tat, set for set, they put us under the pump.

"We knew they'd come at us hard but we got control in the second half and got some points.

"It's a good reward for last year and couldn't be prouder of the boys. We've worked hard and they deserve everything they get."

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Full time

Leeds Rhinos 4-38 North Queensland

Leeds Rhinos fought hard but ultimately it was brilliant from North Queensland.

Johnathan Thurston and Michael Morgan made the most of the platform set by the powerful forwards and their back-line profited.

It's a convincing win for the southern hemisphere and 3-0 NRL whitewash...

Leeds Rhinos 4-38 North Queensland

Tired bodies out there for Leeds. First Matt Scott trundled forward menacingly, then Jason Taumalolo continued the charge. Forward pass let the Cowboys down at the end.

Inside the last minute.

TRY (O'Neill, con Thurston)

Leeds Rhinos 4-38 North Queensland Cowboys

Massive crossfielder from Jake Granville is taken by Kyle Feldt, Michael Morgan scampers forward with it and O'Neill crosses for his second. That's a last-tackle play and a half.

Johnathan Thurston - not involved in that try for once - lands the goal from the right of the sticks. Outside of his foot nonchalant. Just playfully brilliant.

Justin O'Neill
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The temperature has soared after that incident. It's frenetic and angry.

Now Richard Silverwood has gone upstairs with Josh Walters over the line... No try on the field.

No try in the video ref box too. No try basically.

Garbutt sent off, Tamou sin-binned

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George Riley

BBC Sport commentator

Mitch Garbutt can have no complaints. It's an ugly end to what's been an ugly half for the Rhinos.

RED CARD (Garbutt)

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Mitch Garbutt
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Garbutt landed a big punch on Tamou. He goes. Silly and costly long-term for the Rhinos front-rower.

SIN-BIN (Tamou)

Leeds 4-32 North Queensland Cowboys

Tamou gets 10 for his misdemeanour...

Leeds Rhinos 4-32 North Queensland Cowboys

That's been brewing! James Tamou and Mitch Garbutt go head to head, and the Leeds man absolutely stuck one on him.

Tamou had been having a tet-a-tet with Keith Galloway, but Garbutt stepped in and smashed the New South Wales prop.

TRY (O'Neill, con Thurston)

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Johnathan Thurston and Michael Morgan combine to put Justin O'Neill over. They're on fire at the moment.

The South Stand continues to belt out 'All Leeds are we' - can't fault the effort.

Thurston teases a beautiful curling kick through. 28 points in it now. Ouch.

15 minutes to go

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Zak Hardaker
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This pic sums up the last 25 minutes for Leeds. Just overpowered in this second half. The whitewash for the NRL is all but sealed.

TRY (Thurston, con Thurston)

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Back to back tries and Jake Granville's sniping created this one for Johnathan Thurston.

Thurston hit a good line and snapped his way over. Adds his own conversion to pull North Queensland well clear.

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Ball out on the full from the restart... North Queensland Cowboys penalty on half way goes to touch and it's more pressure for Leeds to tackle.

TRY (Coote, con Thurston)

Leeds Rhinos 4-20 North Queensland Cowboys

Lachlan Coote
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Michael Morgan almost poked his nose through from a tidy little pass by Jake Granville. Leeds do well to halt him.

Play moved out to the left side though and Johnathan Thurston popped a kick through that Lachlan Coote got his hands on... just... and got the ball down over the line.

Thurston nudges the kick over. Game over Leeds?

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Up to the hour mark.

Kyle Feldt dives "on the grenade" so to speak, after a little kick through from Brett Ferres bobbles temptingly.

Leeds miss out on points, but encouraging signs.

North Queensland have done well to soak up the pressure they've received from the Rhinos.

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North Queensland are penalised by RIchard Silverwood with Johnathan Thurston offside from Jordan Lilley's clip to the corner with Leeds.

Mitch Garbutt held up from the subsequent set, and then Jordan Lilley too!

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Leeds get a penalty when Kallum Watkins is lifted above the horizontal in the tackle. Ball goes to touch and they've made some metres.

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Leeds try to make headway in the Cowboys half but run of tackles short of the line.

Paul Green's side get front-foot ball though with a couple of searing drives. Danger for Leeds.

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Few Cowboys players sauntering back behind the ball after that Zak Hardaker kick down into their 10.

It's been energy sapping stuff in this second half.

Then John Asiata is pulled for obstruction. Leeds penalty.

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The Cowboys have got a roll on now. They're carving through the Leeds defence, who have grafted effortlessly.

Thurston puts up another towering kick but Ash Handley makes sure to catch it. Confidence boosting.

TRY (Feldt)

Leeds Rhinos 4-14 North Queensland Cowboys

Slick move to the right and Kyle Feldt just brushed the covering Ryan Hall out of the way on his route to the line.

Power from the Cowboys winger, whose late try kept their Grand Final dream alive last year.

Johnathan Thurston unable to tag on the two. A 10-point ball-game now though...

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Leeds Rhinos 4-10 North Queensland Cowboys

Johnathan Thurston held up, and then Brett Ferres interferes at the play-the-ball. Another set of six for the Cowboys.

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Now Keith Galloway is pinged for a big shot on Kyle Feldt. Cowboys tap and are in the Leeds 10...

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Big run by Kyle Feldt gets North Queensland on the front-foot. Then Rory Kostjasyn rips his way though but great tackle from Joel Moon on Michael Morgan turns the ball over.

Leeds need a big response because it's been all Cowboys this first six minutes of the second half.

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The Cowboys smell blood now. Johnathan Thurston peppers Ryan Hall who takes the ball cleanly but Leeds are immediately pushed back by the kick-chase.

They have their tails up, do the Cowboys.

Linnett scores for Cowboys

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Iestyn Harris

Former Great Britain international on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

The worst possible start for Leeds but it's important they brush it off as quickly as possible.

Kane Linnett
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TRY (Linnett, con Thurston)

Leeds Rhinos 4-10 North Queensland

Johnathan Thurston hoisted a kick with the wind at his back and the ball dropped toward Ash Handley.

The young Leeds winger spilled it back and Rory Kostjasyn slipped the ball quickly to Kane Linnett to cross.

Silence at Headingley as Thurston converts. Tough start.

Johnathan Thurston
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Kick-off

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Zak Hardaker thumps the ball into the night sky and we're back on.

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...and now the Rhinos follow them, out to flames and cheers.

Here we go...

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The Cowboys are back out. Obviously can't get enough of the cold West Yorkshire wind.

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Who has impressed you for Leeds so far? I think Zak Hardaker has carried well.

Personally though, Mitch Garbutt, Adam Cuthbertson and Keith Galloway have really taken it to the Cowboys forwards and made big metres.

James Tamou and Matt Scott are experienced international and Origin players but they've had some traffic down their channels tonight.

James Tamou
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JP's view

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The Rhinos have been outstanding so far and they've troubled North Queensland with the ball. The first 40 minutes have put a bit of respect back into our game.

Jamie PeacockEx-Leeds Rhinos prop on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra